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Florida Bay - Loggerhead Capture

Florida Bay - Loggerhead Capture

Researchers with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Florida Marine Research Institute study the distribution of marine turtles in Florida Bay. Here, turtles are captured by hand and brought into a boat for a blood sample, measurements and tagging. Tagged turtles can be recaptured in the future for growth rate analysis. Turtles captured in Florida Bay and female turtles nesting on Florida's beaches are also occasionally fitted with a satellite transmitter which sends a signal for several months and allows us to follow movements and track migration patterns.

Image Credit: Barbara Schroeder

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